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Poll tol: Congress 12, awaits lucky 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
A poor show by Congress heavyweights came in the way of the party’s prospects of winning a majority in the municipal elections, the results of which were declared today. The Congress has bagged 12 seats in the elections to the 25 wards, one short of a majority.

The BJP came a distant second with six seats followed by the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) with four, the Akali Dal two and the BSP one. This is the first time that a BSP candidate will be a councillor. Elections to ward No. 7 were countermanded and will be held on January 14.

The highest number of votes (6,758) were bagged by Davinder Singh Babla of the Congress, who won from ward No. 18. He also won by the highest margin of 3,758 votes.

The lowest victory margin was in ward No. 20 where Rajkumari of the CVM won by 20 votes. The lowest number of votes polled by a winner were in ward No. 26 where Sunita of the BJP got 2,414 votes.

Six sitting councillors have lost the elections. Shockingly, these include the sitting Mayor, Mr Surinder Singh (Congress), the Senior Deputy Mayor, Ms Shyama Negi (Congress rebel), and the Deputy Mayor, Mr Harmohinder Singh Lucky (Congress). The other heavyweights who lost are former Mayors Subhash Chawla(Congress) and Kamla Sharma (BJP), and former Senior Deputy Mayor Puhspa Sharma (Congress).

Ms Kamlesh of the Congress and Ms Harjinder Kaur of the SAD have made a hat-trick by winning for the third time.There are sixteen new faces this time. These include Surinder Kumar Jagota (BJP), Sheela Phull Singh (Congress), Rita Sharma (Congress), Jagjit Singh Kang (Congress), Gurnam Singh (SAD), Manjit Singh (Congress), Rajesh Gupta (BJP), Ram Sumer Morya (BSP), Anju Beniwal (Congress), Davinder Singh Babla (Congress), Sarita (CVM), Ram Kumari Mishra (CVM), Ravinder Singh Pali (Congress), Ram Lal (BJP), Anil Dubey (BJP), Sunita Chaudhary (BJP). The swearing-in ceremony of the new House will be held on January 1.

Mayoral poll: 7 eves and a post

With no party having won a majority in the municipal elections, all eyes are now set on who will be the new Mayor.

The term of the Mayor is for a period of one year.

According to the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, applicable in Chandigarh, the party which has the majority in numbers in the House is given a chance to make its Mayor.

Anu Chatrath of the Congress from ward No. 2, Rita Sharma of the Congress from ward No. 8, Harjinder Kaur of the SAD from ward No. 15, Anju Beniwala of the Congress from ward No. 17, Sarita Devi of the CVM from ward No. 19, Raj Kuamri of the CVM from ward No. 20 and Sunita of the BJP from ward No. 26 are in the mayoral race. They all have won from seats reserved for women.

The first term of the five-year House is reserved for a woman candidate from the general category, The next term is for a candidate from the general category, the third is reserved for a candidate from the Schedule Caste category, the fourth term of Mayor is for a woman candidate from the general category while the fifth is for a candidate from the general category.

Nine nominated councillors cannot become the Mayor, but have the voting right to choose one. 



MC poll: Cong win 12 seats, BJP 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
The results of the elections for the 25 wards of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation were declared today. No party managed to bag the magical figure of ‘13’ to gain the majority in the House. The Congress won 12 seats, the BJP six, the Chandigarh Vikas Manch (CVM) four, the SAD two and the BSP won one seat.

It is for the first time that the BSP won a seat in the Municipal Corporation elections.

Six sitting councillors, who were contesting the elections, suffered defeat. The losers include the sitting Mayor, Mr Surinder Singh (Congress), the Senior Deputy Mayor, Ms Shyama Negi (Congress rebel), and Deputy Mayor Harmohinder Singh Lucky (Congress). Sixteen new faces would be seen in the MC House next year. The swearing-in ceremony of the members of the new House would be held on January 1. Electronic voting machines were used for the first time in the elections. 



Six make it despite criminal record
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
Six of the 25 candidates elected today have a criminal record. Their criminal record, however, hasn’t affected their vote bank, proving that crime is not a hurdle to secure a seat in the MC.

Congress candidate from ward No. 9 Jagjit Singh Kang, who was booked in a case in 2002, defeated his opponent Charanjit Singh of the SAD by a margin of 2,735 votes. Congress candidate Kuldeep Singh of ward No. 12, who was booked for allegedly forcibly entering a house and assault charge, also won by defeating Anand Singh by a margin of 1,037 votes.

Former Mayor Kamlesh, who emerged as a winner from ward No. 6 and created a hat-trick by winning a tenure for the third time, is already involved in a case in which a Vigilance probe is pending. Meanwhile, Manjit Singh of ward No. 11, who is faced criminal charges, has made it to the MC by securing 2,737 votes. Gurcharan Das Kala of the BJP from ward No. 25, who had been booked for forgery, won by securing 5,946 votes.

Ward No. 24 BJP candidate Anil Kumar, who is reportedly named an accused in a case of hurt and assault, was saved the hurt of defeat by the people who cast their vote in his favour.

A total of 2,41,162 votes have been polled in the elections this year. The Congress has got 86,522 votes, the BJP 58,584 and the CVM 28,927.

Of the total votes polled, the Congress has got 35.75 per cent while the BJP has got 24.30 per cent.



News Analysis
Bansal, Jain put up brave front at ‘half victory’
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
The fractured verdict thrown up by the city electorate has resulted only in "half victory" for the Minister of State for Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, and his bete noire and the BJP leader, Mr Satya Pal Jain.

In fact, with the pre-poll claims of both the leaders of getting a clear-cut majority for their respective parties going bust, the leaders will have to do a lot of explaining to their party bosses in Delhi ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections in February, 2007.

Though Mr Bansal and Mr Jain put up a brave front claiming that they were '"satisfied" with the results and respected people's mandate, their calculations have clearly gone haywire." The people have reposed their faith in us and we are ready for the renewed development of the city," Mr Bansal claimed.

‘’The Congress, besides winning 12 seats, is at No 2 in another 12 seats and two seats we narrowly lost,’’ Mr Bansal claimed, adding that the presence of BJP 's star campaigner and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu did not make any difference to the election results.

However, terming the election results as "anti-Congress" verdict, Mr Jain claimed that the stage was set for Congress' defeat in Punjab and other states where Assembly elections are due early next year. He conceded that BJP-SAD tally of 8 seats was not as per the expectations of the alliance.

In the run-up to the elections, besides Sidhu, the BJP had roped in senior national leaders, including Mr Arun Jaitley, BJP general secretary, the Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Sushil Modi, the former Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the former Himachal Chief Minister, Mr PK Dhumal.However, these leaders' charisma and the issue of price rise seemed to catch the fancy of the electorate.

Another major player in the local political area, the president of Chandigarh Vikas Manch(CVM), Mr Harmohan Dhawan, whose party secured four seats, launched a scathing attack on Mr Bansal, demanding his resignation for the "anti-Congress" verdict by the electorate.

Both Mr Jain and Mr Dhawan were unanimous that the Opposition candidate should be elected for the post of Mayor, elections to which were slated to be held on January 1, indicating that they may join the hands and revive the "marriage of convenience" between the two parties.

Meanwhile, the nominated councillors will play a major role in the election to the post of Mayor in the wake of no political party getting a clearcut majority. That was perhaps the reasons that all three leaders--Mr Bansal, Mr Jain and Dhawan--today sought their support for their Mayoral candidates.



Mixed results leave leaders a worried lot

Chandigarh, December 22
The mixed bag of results of the civic poll announced today sprung many surprises and left senior party leaders of the BJP and the Congress a worried lot. While the BJP has bagged more seats in the MC elections this time than its previous tally, it seems to have lost its urban base in the city. On the other hand, the Congress, despite having won 12 seats, seems to have lost its rural vote bank.

Senior BJP leaders feel that it is the price-rise factor that won them seats in the rural areas. Meanwhile stung by a considerably reduced majority, the Congress aggresses that it is essentially the same factor that cost them their rural vote bank. The surprise win of a BSP candidate also has the party honchos worried that they might lose seats in rural areas to ‘outside’ parties due to the strong presence of outsiders there.

The loss of the BJP in the urban areas seems to be the Congress’s gain. However, the fact that the Congress has faired badly in the rural areas has senior party leaders worrying, especially with the forthcoming assembly elections slated for next year.

Meanwhile, for the BJP, the issues are larger as their candidates won only two seats out of 22 urban seats. With a majority of the voters opting for either the Congress or CVM candidates, BJP candidates seem to have been a second choice.

The party has only managed to get four seats from Manimajra and its surrounding areas, which are dominantly colonies and semi-urban areas. The BJP candidates who won from dominantly urban areas are Surinder Jagota and Rajesh Bittu. Interestingly, both of them have just affiliated themselves with the party. Two of the BJP's state general secretaries, Bal Krishan Kapoor and Kewal Krishan Adiwal, have lost. The defeat of BJP Youth Wing President, Devesh Moudgil and State Secretary, Bhim Sen Aggarwal has added to the party's concern. Not to be ignored is the defeat of district presidents, Vijay Uppal and Pandit Sanjiv Kumar.

Analysts agree that the poor results of the BJP in Chandigarh will broadly be reflected in the coming Punjab polls. They, however, point out that the civic poll results are not any indication of a similar fate for the Akali Dal. — TNS



Celebrations all the way
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
Before the city could wake up to the day’s activities, its future was in new hands. The process of counting of votes, which started at 8 am, was over by 11 am. Almost all results were declared by then. Electronic voting machines, used for the first time, surprised many as the results were declared quite fast. The results also took many supporters by surprise, who could be seen coming even after the candidates had left the counting centres.

Of the results declared at the Sector 26 counting centre, the BJP bagged four major seats. Meanwhile, at the Sector 23 counting centre, it was the Congress supporters who could be seen dancing with dhol and bandwalas in tow.

Blocking the venue, they made it difficult even for officials to leave the venue. The Sector 42 counting centre saw a mixed bag of results with workers of all parties celebrating their candidates’ victory. BSP workers could be seen rejoicing the loudest. 



Panchayat Samiti poll results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
The results of the Panchayat Samiti elections were declared today. Azad Singh Kishangarh/ Bhagwanpura-II constituency won by the highest margin of 495 votes. He secured 924 votes as against his nearest rival, Satvir Singh, who got only 429 votes. On the other hand, the lowest margin of 28 votes was recorded by Manga Ram, who secured 467 votes from the Kaimbala (SC) seat, election officials said here today.

In the byelection to the post of the panch from Mauli Jagran village, Jang Bahadur emerged victorious securing 767 votes as against 521 votes by his nearest rival Sheesh Pal Rana.

Meanwhile, the following are the other winners in the Panchayat Samiti elections: Neetu (Raipur Khurd); Surmukh Singh (Raipur Kalan and Makhanmajra); Meena Rani(Mauli Jagran-I); KS Thakur (Mauli Jagran-II); Jaswant Singh (Daria-I); Gurpreet Singh (Daria-II); Gurmail Singh(Khuda Alisher); Santokh Singh (Khuda Jassu); Mohan Preet Kaur (Khuda Lahora); Gurdeep Kaur (Sarangpur); and Prem Lata (Behlana).

Pritam Singh from Kishangarh/Bhagwanpura-I and Baljit Kaur from Dhanas have already been elected unopposed.




Chander Mukhi Sharma Chander Mukhi Sharma (Congress)

Ward No 1 (Sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11)

"I am very happy and this is the result of various development works done by me in this Ward. I will continue to work for the development of my Ward."

Anu Chatrath Anu Chatrath (Congress)

Ward No 2 (Sectors 12, 14, 15 and Khuda Lahora Colony)

"It was the love of my ward people that made me win a second term. I promise to continue with the development works of the ward and make it an ideal ward."

Pardeep Chhabra Pardeep Chhabra (Congress)

Ward No. 3 (Sectors 16, 17 and 22)

"I am very happy and promise to develop the Ward. Completion of all pending works would be my prime focus."

Surinder Kumar Jagota Surinder Kumar Jagota (BJP)

Ward No. 4 (Sectors 23, 24 and 36)

"I am very happy and my victory is the outcome of blessings of my party, supporters and voters. I will try fulfill all the promises BJP made during the campaign.

Sheela Devi Sheela Devi (Congress)

Ward No. 5 (SC Women Reserved - Sectors 25, Kumhar Colony, Janta Colony, Sector 25 (West), LIG Colony Dhanas, Milkman Colony & Housing EWS Dhanas, Site & Service Dhanas, (Aman, Chaman & Ambedkar Colony).

"My victory is the result of faith of people in Congress. I promise to work for the development of the ward and solve the problems of the people."

Kamlesh Kamlesh (Congress)

Ward No.6 (SC Women Reserved- Dadu Majra Colony, Dadu Majra and Shah Pur)

"My victory is the outcome of faith of people in me. I will continue to work for their welfare."

Rita Sharma Rita Sharma (Congress)

Ward No. 8 (Sectors 37, 38 and 38 (West))

"I am very happy and will work for the development of people."

Jagjit Singh Kang Jagjit Singh Kang (Congress)

Ward No. 9 (Sectors 39 and 40)

"I am very happy and my victory is victory of Congress. Development works of Congress has made it win maximum seats among all parties. I will ensure development in my Ward now."

Gurnam Singh Gurnam Singh (SAD)

Ward No. 10 (Sectors 41, Buterla, Sector 42 and Attawa)

"I am very happy and I will work for the development of ward." This 54-year-old contested the MC elections for the first time. He is into politics for the past 18 years and joined the Akalis around 2`BD years ago. He is a Class XII pass out and has a tent house business.

Manjit Singh Manjit Singh (Congress)

Ward No. 11 (Sectors 53 (Nehru Colony), 54, 55 (Housing Board), 55 Indira, Kamal & Adarsh Colony, Furniture Shops Sector 56, Rehabilitation Colony Palsora and Village Palsora)

"I am very happy and my victory is the result of the Congress achievements as far as development is concerned."

Kuldeep Singh Kuldeep Singh (Congress)

Ward No. 12 (Sectors 43, 52, EWS LIG Colony, 61 and Kajheri)

"Congress is a party dedicated to the welfare of the people. I am very happy that people have given me another chance to work for them."

Ram Sumer Moraya Ram Sumer Moraya (BSP)

Ward No. 13 (Sectors 49, 50, 51, (Nizam pur Burail), Colony No. 5 , Sec-51 Brick-kiln, Nizampur Kumbra, Sector 51, Sub jail, Nimpur Kumbra and Sector 63)

"I am very happy that people have given me a chance to work for them. I am going to work for the development of my Ward and fulfill all promises made during the campaign."

Vijay Singh Rana Vijay Singh Rana (CVM)

Ward No. 14 (Sectors 45 and Burail)

"I am very happy and faith of people in me is the reason for my victory. I’ll continue to work for the welfare of the people and fulfill my promises." He is 42 years old and is a sitting councillor from Ward No. 10. He is a graduate and an agriculturist by profession.

Harjinder Kaur Harjinder Kaur (SAD)

Ward No. 15 (Sectors 34, 35 and 44)

"I am very happy and this is an honest win. I’ll ensure follow-up of ongoing development projects. My victory is the mark of honesty and faith of people in me."

Rajesh Kumar Gupta Rajesh Kumar Gupta (BJP)

Ward No. 16 (Sectors 20 and 33)

"I am very happy and my win is the result of the faith people have in BJP. The last councilor has failed to work and this is the reason why they are not elected again."

Anju Beniwala Anju Beniwala (Congress)

Ward No. 17 (Sectors 18, 19 and 21)

"It is a moment of great happiness and I will work for the development of my Ward."

Devinder Singh BablaDevinder Singh Babla (Congress)

Ward No. 18 (Sectors 27, 28 and 30)

"I am very happy and will work for the development of the ward."

Sarita Sharma (CVM)

Sarita Sharma Ward No. 19 (Sectors 26, 26-E, Bapudham Trangt, Camp II Phase II, Sector 26-E, Transport Area, Sector 26-E, EWS Housing Board, Bapudham Trangt Camp I, Phase I, Bapudham Trangt, Camp III, Phase III and Madrasi Colony (HUTS))

"I am happy that people of the ward have given me a chance to serve them. I will work for their welfare and make the Ward a beautiful Ward."

Raj Kumari Mishra Raj Kumari Mishra (CVM)

Ward No. 20 (Sector 29, Industrial Area Phase I, Industrial Area, Phase I Sanjay Colony (SLUM), Industrial Area Phase I, and Industrial Area (Phase I Colony No. 4)

"It is a moment of great happiness and development of the Ward is my main aim."

Ravinder Pal SinghRavinder Pal Singh (Congress)

Ward No. 21 (Sectors 32 and 46)

"It is a great moment and I promise to work for the development of my Ward."

Jitender Bhatia Jitender Bhatia (CVM)

Ward No. 22 (Sectors 31,47,48, Industrial Area and Phase II-Entire)

"I thank people for giving me another chance to work for them and I will keep on working ."

Ram Lal Ram Lal (BJP)

Ward No. 23 (Karson Colony, Phase II Ramdarbar, Indira Awas Colony, Hallo Majra, Bair-Majra, Faidan-Burail and Char-Taraf-Burail)

"I am very happy and will work for the development of people."

Anil Kumar Anil Kumar (BJP)

Ward No. 24 (Mauli Complex (Railway Colony), Ambedkar Avas Yojna, Mauli Complex (Charn Singh Colony), Bhagat Singh Colony, Vikas Nagar, Shivalik Enclave and Mauli Complex (Housing Board))

"I am very happy and will work for the development of my Ward."

Gurcharan Das Kala Gurcharan Das Kala (BJP)

Ward No. 25 (Old Manimajra (NAC), Shanti Nagar, Mari wala Town, Thakur Dwara, Chandigarh Housing Board 1&2 (Modern Housing Complex) and Mohalla Govindpura)

"I am very happy and thank people for giving me another chance to serve them. I’ll work for their development."

Sunita Sunita (BJP)

Ward No. 26 (Dhillon complex, Motor Market, Pocket No. 8, Darshani Bagh, Subhash Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Pipli wala Town, Gawala Colony, Indira Colony, Indira Colony (Rehabilitation), Old Indira Colony, Race Course and I.T. Park)

"I thank people for electing me and will try to fulfill all the promises".






Watch out

The local cricketer Amit Negi of Panjab University (PU), will prove his prowess in the VIZZY Trophy at Kolkata on Saturday. Negi is a part of the team, which will represent North Zone in the tournament. He had earlier represented PU during the North Zone Inter-University Cricket tournament held from November 4 to 16. The fine performance displayed by the cricketer there paved his way into prestigious Vizzy Trophy. 



In Town

The yesteryears’ romantic hero, Biswajit, will be in town on Saturday, as the chief guest in the Rafi Memorial Nite. A popular actor of the 60s, he gave many a hit films like Bees Saal Baad, Mere Sanam, Night in London, April Phool etcl. He will be giving away prizes to the winners of the singing contest for children, as well as for seniors, who will render the famous songs of legendary singer, Mohammed Rafi. 



IAF begins rehearsals for Presidential Review
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
The Air Force has started rehearsals for the Presidential Fleet Review, scheduled to be held in Chandigarh on March 7. The review, being held after a gap of 20 years, is part of the IAF’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations which fall next year.

A formation of 14 Jaguars from Ambala today flew over the Chandigarh Air Force Station at a low altitude. The formation formed a figure of “75”, representing the number of years the IAF has been ruling the South Asian skies. A series of events across the country have been planned to mark the IAF’s 75th anniversary.

Sources revealed that the formation was checking the lay of the land, approach direction and angle of the sun at particular times in preparation of the grand event.

The IAF fleet will be reviewed by the President, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. About 27 types of aircraft, including fighters, transports and rotor wing, will be on display.

Besides a flypast and formation flying by combat aircraft as well as transports, the biggest ever static display of aircraft, missiles, precision ordnance, bombs, radars and other equipment is also planned during the review. The President will stand on a specially erected podium to review the flypast.

Frontline fighters, including the Su-30, MiG 29 and the Mirage 2000 would display their aerobatic skills. Simulated air battles, mid-air refuelling and paradropping would be other highlights of the show.

The IAF had earlier planned the Presidential Review in 2001 but the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and subsequent developments in Afghanistan threw a spanner in the works.

The IAF would also be organising a seminar on “Air Power in the Himalayas” at Chandigarh next month. A host of senior serving as well as retired armed forces officers would be attending the event. Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal S P Tyagi is expected to inaugurate the seminar.



Nine Inspectors transferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
In a major reshuffle, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Chandigarh, Mr S.K Jain, today ordered the transfers and postings of nine inspectors. Terming the transfers as routine, the sources in the police headquarters said seven of the inspectors had been ordered to join the new postings with immediate effect.

The SHO of Police Station (PS), Sector 3, Inspector Rajinder Singh has been shifted to the Economic Offences Wing. While Inspector Ram Gopal has been made the SHO, PS, Sector 3. Inspector P.M Walia had taken the place of Ram Gopal in traffic.

Inspector Bishi Ram has been shifted to SHO, PS, Manimajra from Vigilance whereas SHO Manimajra, Inspector Dhan Raj, has been transferred to CRU at PHQ.

Inspector Kewal Krishan has been shifted to Lock-up while Inspector Mani Ram will be transferred to SHO, PS, Sector 26 from December 31.

Inspector Ved Pal and Ramesh Chand joined SCIS (CID) and CIA, respectively, on promotion.



Award for Tribune reporter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
Senior Staff Correspondent of The Tribune, Ms Geetanjali Gayatri, has won the 'Shri Rajindra Hooda Samriti Navodit Shrestha Patarkarita Puraskar' while Delhi-based correspondent of Dainik Bhaskar, Hemant Atri, won the 'Shri Satpal Saini Samriti Shrestha Patarkarita Puraskar', instituted by the Haryana Government for the first time, for the year 2005-06. Both awards carry a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a commendation certificate and a shawl each.

She has been awarded the prize for her report on falling admissions in government primary schools of the state due to a condition which made production of the birth certificate mandatory at the time of admission. Following the story, the Haryana Government had withdrawn this condition.

Mr Atri's report highlighted the astounding achievements of women in Haryana in the backdrop of the historic space journey made by Ms.Kalpana Chawla, which was now encouraging many others to join the Indian Air Force.

Giving details of the award, a spokesman for the government, said that the entries had been invited for the purpose to which 19 journalists had responded. He said that both these awards had been instituted to encourage investigative or innovative reporting in the state due to various developmental activities, educational reforms, social welfare programmes and policies of economic upliftment being undertaken by the state government. 



Date for submitting ‘C’ forms extended

Mohali, December 22
The state government has decided to extend the date for the submission of “C” forms up to March 31, 2007, which are required to be submitted along with the annual statement under the Punjab VAT Act, 2005.

Mr Gurtej Singh, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, SAS Nagar, held a meeting in this regard with the members of two industrial units and the Bar Association here today. He exhorted those present at the meeting to spread the message regarding the extension of the date among the general public.

Mr D.P. Singh Baidwan, president, Mohali Chamber of Industry and Commerce, welcomed the decision of the state government in agreeing to the request of industrialists for the extension in time as the assessees were finding it difficult to obtain “C” forms from respective parties by December 31. OC



Forum to take up cases of transferees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
At a meeting held at Rail Vihar, Panchkula, recently, it was decided unanimously that the Transferee Association of Rail Vihar be renamed as the Rail Vihar Transferee and Associates Welfare Forum.

The following ad hoc committee for its smooth functioning was constituted: President - Mr Vividh Sharma; senior vice-president - Mr P.C. Gupta; vice-president - Mr Sumer Singh; general secretary - Mr H.C. Gupta; and treasurer - Mr Subhash Sethi. Ms Vandana Shukla, Mr Prem Kumar, Mr S.K. Sharma, Mr Prahlad Aggarwal and Mr K.K.Ghosh were appointed members of the executive of the forum.

Mr Sushil Sharma, former treasurer, was asked to supply the details of the account of the body during his tenure to the Indian Railway Welfare Organisation (IRWO).

It was also decided to pursue the case of voting rights to transferee flat owners with the IRWO and any other competent authority. In spite of instructions of the IRWO and president V.P. Khurana, the transferee flat owners were not given voting rights in the election held in November, 2006. It was decided that all residents, flat owners as well as tenants of Phase I and II, of Rail Vihar would be invited to participate in all welfare activities to held on the complex. 



Army deputy chief in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 22
The Vice-Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen S. Pattabhiraman, arrived at the Headquarters Western Command, on a farewell visit from New Delhi this evening. He retires on December 31.

Prior to moving to the Army Headquarters (AHQ) in October last, he was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command. Though he retires this month, the government is yet to announce the name of his successor. Speculations are that the GOC-in-C, Northern Command Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor, and General Daljeet could be moved as the Vice-Army Chief. 



Tourism on rise in UT

Chandigarh, December 22
The tourist inflow to the city has increased 74%, say officials of the Chandigarh Tourism Department. As compared to 51,700 tourists visiting the city last year, the number this year has increased to 90,065.
Since November 2006, a few more hotels and guest houses have been added in the existing list of lodges, according to the department. TNS



1-yr-old drowns in well

Panchkula, December 22
A one-year-old boy, Sachin, died of drowning in a well at Bairagi Mohalla, Pinjore, today.
The incident occurred when Sachin was playing near the well, while his father, Sonu, was doing household chores nearby. With the help of some of his neighbours, he searched for Sachin. After an hour, they found Sachin in the well. He was pulled out of the well and rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead.— TNS



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